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themselves newtown united. their mission, to reduce gun violence and prevent other communities from ever having to live their nightmare. this morning, we are putting guns in focus. bill toomey help put together the group called newtown united. good morning to both of you. bill, to you first, i want to ask how you, your friends, your neighbors and your community is doing this morning. >> well, we're doing as well as could be expected, randi. it's been really hard on the community as you might imagine. but, you know, we're trying to work through all the different emotions. but this morning, we're doing okay. >> well, i know you're channeling some of those emotions into good work. and you had a meeting this week. and during your meeting, senator richard blumenthal and chris murphy said time wasn't on your side. did they explain what they meant by that? >> yes, they did. and we were very fortunate to have the senator and senator-elect join us this week. we had a series of meetings to try to begin a conversation in the community around what happened and how we can take this terrible tragedy a
richard blumenthal and senator-elect chris murphy met with a group called newtown united. residents who came together to push a ban on assault rifles. they may have a new supporter in president obama. he wants new laws to try to prevent another tragedy like the one at sandy hook elementary school. >> the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce it. >> reporter: as head of the president's task force, vice president biden will look into banning assault weapons but gun advocates say that's not necessary. >> there are lots of things we can do to make sure only the right people have firearms. >> reporter: there will be at least nine more funerals or viewings today. on wednesday each of the victims was remembered in his or her own special way. paul simon sang at the funeral for 27-year-old teacher victoria soto. she died trying to protect her first grade teastudents. >> she gave her life for her kids. it breaks my kids. >> 7-year-old daniel barden wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up, so firemen across the region said good-bye to him as thou
group, newtown united is advocating what it calls sensible gun legislation. >> we have 20 children trying to point us the way. if we don't follow their lead, we've failed them and their deaths are in vein. >> reporter: friends say in recent years, nancy lanza felt uncomfortable leaving her son adam at home without being is up veer sized -- being supervised. back to you. >> thank you. >>> at a hearing on capitol hill, state d officials admitted to weaknesses in security related to the deadly september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. jamie dupree joins us via skype from washington, d.c. with what we're learning from in morning's hearing and from a scathing report on the attack. good morning, jamie. >> reporter: good morning, tori. that hearing is still going on in the senate foreign relations today being chaired by john kerry, the massachusetts senator that many people expect to be the next secretary of state. kerry is starting out the hearing, saying obviously mistakes were made by the state department. that was reinforced by the report that you mentioned which came out
themselves newtown united. their mission, to reduce gun violence and preventing other communities to ever having to live their nightmare. i spoke with an organizer, bill toomey along with his daughter, sarah. >> we have learned from folks around the community and around the world that people were deeply touched by what happened here and they do not want these events to go -- to have happened in vain and we should really do whatever we can to lend our voice to the national debate on this issue around gun violence. it's not just about gun control. there are a lot of other issues associated with it. we want to bring people together to really make a difference to make sure we do whatever is necessary to protect our children. >> some of those voices you want to bring together and certainly that need to be heard are voices like your daughter right there, the young people who could be victims in these mass shootings. sierra, good morning to you. your school was on lockdown friday during this shooting at newtown at the elementary there. what conversations are you having with your friends about th
on washington. that means taking on the nra. they call themselves newtown united. their mission, to reduce gun violence and prevent other communities from ever having to live their nightmare. bill toomey helped put together that group. and earlier, i spoke with him today and his daughter, sierra. i asked them if they have made any progress in their talks with politicians on the issue of gun control. >> we had a series of meetings, actually, to try and begin a conversation in the community around what happened and how we can take this terrible tragedy and turn it into something positive. so what we heard from the senators as well as some of our congressional -- the rest of our congressional delegation was that the moment in time is now. that the tide is turning in this country as it relates to gun violence and what we can do about it. and we want to try and bring the community together as quickly as possible to try and lend our voice to the national voice so that we can really make something meaningful happen out of this terrible event. >> and the name of your group is newtown united. but you s
by newtown united. i met with them in my office in washington and then again last night in newtown. and i think that we are at a historic moment. >> how will we know? what will we know if it's different? at what point can citizens say it's taking too long or the nra is slow walking this stuff again? it seems to me every time we say it's going to be different also, that's another similarity. >> we had that same conversation after columbine, which i covered. we had that same conversation after aurora and all the other ones in between. same conversation. >> remember that the first gun assault law, assault weapons law took five years to pass. it was first proposed in 1989 after the stockton shooting and senators metzenbound and feinstein worked on it five years. i'm determined, i'm committed. but the president is absolutely right, that the american people have to stand up. i'll tell you what also is different. i've talked to a lot of these families and i am so impressed by their strength and courage and they say to me we want to be there. we want this work to go forward. >> cnn reported last
coverage of the newtown, connecticut shooting continues right now. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. >> i'm kate bolduan. we want to well koom viewers from the united states and those joining us from around the world this morning. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting here in newtown. we're live in newtown, connecticut. >> here in newtown the president will be coming later today. he's expected to meet with some of the victims of the families and he will speak at a vigil tonight remembering the victims. president obama spoke about the hea heartbreak hours after the shooting on friday and again during his weekly address yesterday. now, of course, we have the names of all the victims in this shooting. there were 20 children, all of them were just 6 or 7 years old. there's been a fund set up to help the families of the victims. here's the address if you'd like to send a donation, the sandy hook school support fund, 39 main street in newtown, the zip code is 06470. >> meanwhile, investigators here in newtown are trying to piece it altogether. they
school shooting in newtown, connecticut, so many people across the country, around the world really, have been asking how can i help? the united way of western connecticut has set up a fund to provide support services for those affected by the tragedy. they have now raised $3 million. that is incredible. joining me now are two leaders of this fund-raising effort. will rogers, a selectman of newtown and kim morgan, ceo of united way of western connecticut. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> $3 million, an incredible milestone. and you will raise so much more in the coming weeks and months. i know there has been a debate about how to distribute these funds. kim what is the latest thinking on that? >> when we started the fund, it was a way to be a guardian. our intent is to turn the funds over to the community and let them decide. >> the families as well, right? >> they are a cross section of the community input, yes. but the fund was soliset solici as an undes ignated fund. we are trying to be as broad as possible. >> what are some of the suggestions floating
't believe we're comparing this with some of the worst tragedies in the united states. the columbine, the virginia shooting." >>catherine: tonight --- vigils are being held across the country for the shooting victims. this is one of them -- happening right now in new-town connecticut - where it all happened. with details on the scene of the crime - grant lodes is here with the latest. grant? >> here's a map of the school. very rural area.in indications are the gunman came in the main entrance here. he entered two rooms in the school.started shooting. the principal.assistant principal and school psychologist were meeting in this area here. when they heard the gun-fire.they came out into the hallway. all three were shot. a total of 20 children and 6 adults died in the shooting.not far from the school. is the suspect's home.where he reportedly lived with this mother. sources say the suspect shot his mother early this morning before going to the school and killing 26 people there. meanwhile.two states away.police today are questioning the suspect's brother uin hoboken new jersey. polcie
don't know that. >> [ inaudible ]. >> no the president of the united states is attending a memorial service tonight and he is coming to the town of newtown. >> what is the security and access like for that? [ inaudible ] >> yeah the again, we don't discuss the security four the president of the united states. suffice it to say that significant security will be in place as is always the case when the president makes a visit anywhere. >> a timeframe for ms. lanza's death been established? >> no, sir. no, sir. >> no time at all? >> no timeframe has been determined. >> who's invited to the memorial? >> yes, sir. >> are you making progress you feel in determining the motive? >> certainly, we are pleased with the work that's been done so far. hopefully that helps answer that question. we are pleased with the progress that we are making. this is a very long, tedious process, which i've stated. it's going to take many, many man hours, okay, to attempt to draw this picture together, to put this puzzle together. the minute we have it, our objective here is to make sure you, you be the members
-day period, they sold 283,000 guns in the united states. >> reporter: and on thursday, the day before newtown, the michigan state legislature passed a bill that will allow concealed weapons in, among other places, schools. the governor is still deciding whether to sign it. are we headed toward an environment in this country where we have for the rest kindergarten? >> we don't need to train kindergarteners to throw pencils and back packs at armed intruders and to have a swat team in and a metal detector at every door. >> reporter: kenneth trump is president of national school safety and security services in cleveland. >> parents want to know two things. number one, what steps did you have in place to prevent an incident, and how well prepared were you to respond when a crisis occurs. many incidents can and have been prevented in school violence. and we've gotten a lot better since columbine. unfortunately there will still be those that slip through the cracks. >> the front glass has been broken and they're unsure why. >> reporter: adam lanza, it turns out, broke into sandy hook elementary scho
in the united states. our correspondent who was in japan for cnn for years and years now living in the united states covering newtown, listen to what she had to say about the comparison between those two places. >> i moved back to the u.s. this summer for the last five years, i was living in japan as cnn's tokyo correspondent. in that entire time, i never covered a shooting. there aren't any. this is my third mass shooting i've covered in just six months. i don't have the answer but i can compare japan and the u.s. in japan, there are almost no guns. the average person just can't get one. and i have to tell you, it's the safest place i've ever lived. >> and yet, we can talk about a place that you covered as a journalist, the an toyate killings in norway, 2011, summer camp. 77 people killed most youngsters and norway is a country where it is tough to get a gun. so you can't stop this completely. but people will say if you reduce the number of guns, you'll have fewer of them. here's the thing. this is a country where i can say whatever i want. i can worship any way i want and according to the w
this along to you. the united way has set up a sandy hook school fund. donations can be sent to the newtown savings bank. the address you see on your screen, newtown savings bank, 39 main street, newtown, connecticut, 06470. we are also hearing from adam lanza's family. both his brother, ryan, and his father have been questioned by police. peter lanza released this statement. "our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. we are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can. we too, are asking why." we're hearing from adam lanza's aunt which says she's shocked and offers a little insight into why. >> i know she had issues with school. she wound up homeschooling him, because she battled with the school district i'm not sure in what capacity. >> has he acted out? had she shared with you? >> no. >> no violence towards her? >> no. if he did, i know she wouldn't have tolerated it. >> joining us now national correspondent susan candiotti. you have been following this investigation from the very, very beginning. what more are we l
. welcome back to newtown, connecticut, everyone. good morning. we would like to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. you're watching cnn's special coverage of the connecticut school shooting. i'm john berman standing in front of the st. rose of lima catholic church where last night there was a large ceremony to mourn the victims lost. we're awaiting a news conference here at 8:00 a.m. eastern time in connecticut where authorities are expected to release the names of the children and adults killed at the sandy hook elementary school. 26 people killed there, 20 children, 6 adults, the mother of the victim also found dead at a separate location. i want to check in now with nick valencia in the cnn newsroom. one of them, the school principal. nick, what do we know about her? >> good morning, john. as you mentioned, i'm here at the cnn center in atlanta where we're working on gathering the latest information on the victims of this horrible tragedy, the connecticut school shooting. as you mentioned, 47-year-old principal dawn hochsprung, described as the kind of
our country cannot tolerate this anymore. joining us with more from newtown is peter doocy. >> good morning. at this time just three days ago, six educators and 20 first graders were getting ready for school like always. by last night, the president of the united states was here at a very painful memorial service reading their names one at a time. >> i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts. i can only hope it helps for you to know that you're not alone in your grief. our world, too, has been torn apart. >> before his national address, president obama met privately with families of the innocent children and adults who lost their lives on friday. principal dawn hochsprung's daughter tweet add photo with a caption that said, my mom would be so proud to see president obama holding her granddaughter but not as proud as i am of her. the heart broken family of emily parker posted photos. others showing smiles. after the private meeting, president obama took the stage to promise action. >> in the coming weeks, i'll use
of newtown, connecticut are preparing for a visit from the president of the united states. >> as a nation, we have endured far too many of these tragedies in the last few years. >> reporter: president obama will speak at an inner faith vigil sunday to families and first responders. as the community comes together we are learning more about what happened in the immediate aftermath of friday's tragedy. >> ultimately i had to break it to all the folks assembled at the fire house their children or loved one in the case of the adults were not coming home. and that is an exercise that i will live with for the rest of my life. it's not something you are prepared for. and you know you go on. >> reporter: we're also hearing stories of courage. sarah was told as her friend victoria soto died trying to protect her students. >> i'm also a teacher and i can't even imagine going through what she went through. >> reporter: the names and ages of six adults and 20 children ages six and seven were released on saturday. one of those children is six- year-old emily parker. >> my daughter emily would be one of th
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? this christmas eve the stars unite for gun control in this new public service announcement. >> columbine. >> virginia tech. >> tucson. >> aurora. >> fort hood. >> oak creek. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> newtown. >> how many more? >> how many more? >> this plea to get guns off our streets includes jamie fox who stars in a new movie djangle. fox said he thought of his own children after the shooting. >> it tears you up. it's really getting dangerous. we have to do something. and i think now i feel that everyone is really pulling together and we have o to make some serious change. >> that's something that may include a discussion of violence in movies. we cannot turn our back and say violence in films or anything we do doesn't have a sort of influence, it does. but fox's co-star does not see it that way. >> i don't think one has anything to do with the other. it's a western. it's a period piece about slavery. america has a violent past. one thing doesn't have anything to do with it. it's not life-imitating art. >> it's art imitating life, although we tend not to glorify murder or
of decency and goodness and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us. >> thank you so much for watching this special edition of "state of the union." i'm candy crowley. be sure to stick with cnn for continuing live coverage and don lemon from newtown and join us at 6:00 p.m. tonight for the interfaith vigil and the president's remarks. >>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon reporting live from newtown, connecticut. a community in mourning after a gunman went on a deadly rampage at an elementary school killing 26 people, 20 of them young children. throughout the day on cnn we will bring you the details of the victims and the investigation. we should tell you the president is on the way here. it has been a day of mourning in this community with memorial services. people are coming to this community from all over the tri-state area, from all over connecticut, new jersey, and new york all around and paying their respects to people. as i drove here today just a few moments ago in this little idyllic town, the roads were all blocked because there were so many people who w
. unit responding to sandy hook school at this time. the shooting appears to have stopped. the school is in lockdown. >> reporter: john berman is also with me in newtown, connecticut. we have our cnn team spread across the city. john, you are at the site of one of several vigils held last night. and this town wakes up this morning to a press conference we are just waiting to begin to get that started where they are going to, we expect, hear the names of those 20 children, six adults. we know two of the adults' names. a principal and the psychologist from the school, but we'll hear a lot more names. and it will send this up to reeling all over again, john. >> reporter: ali, this is the st. rose of lima church behind me where last night there was a vigil. a thousand people were here inside and outside this church to mourn together and grieve together. this town really is going through this as one tight-knit community. i heard bells a short while ago and didn't know why or where they were ringing, but it did give the sense of togetherness that is really permeating inside this community.
there. get that out so that i think everybody in the united states feels that way. >> you're right. as the president last night, newtown is not alone. >> yeah, it's everybody. it's every town. >> when you look at what the market's been doing you did make the right call last time around. like i said, you opened our eyes. we should have probably seen it coming. you were the one kind of laid it out for us. what do you think of what the fed has been doing? >> well, look, i mean the fed they made announcement, habit, what they said in front of me here, listen, you have a pretty good economy right now. you have an economy that has tilt winds instead of headwinds of housing and autos. you have an economy that's probably growing 2% give or take. question is, do you need the fed to do anything more? you know, it's a good question. why did they do this? and, you know, they basically have taken the mandate of full employment, and run with it. everything they're doing is to get this employment rate down or try to get this employment right down. the question you have to ask is what happens when
people. >> all right. got to take a real critical look at our culture here in the united states. thanks, fareed. really appreciate it. >> reporter: faith tested by tragedy. we're going to hear from a newtown sunday school teacher about how she's talking to her students about what happened. [ male announcer ] research suggests cell health plays a key role throughout our lives. one a day men's 50+ is a complete multivitamin designed for men's health concerns as we age. it has 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day men's 50+. ♪ but the fire is so delightful ♪ nothing melts away the cold like a hot, delicious bowl of chicken noodle soup from campbell's. ♪ let it snow, let it snow >> reporter: president obama has a message for all of us in the aftermath of the massacre here in newtown. these tragedies, he says, they must end. at a prayer service last night, the president said he wants the people of this heartbroken community to know they are not alone. >> i come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow
't know what to say, it was screaming. >> reporter: the residents, just like the residents of newtown were besieged with media. to this day we found reserved scottish reticent to speak. the one public way the parents are working through the grief to push now what is a major topic in the united states, gun control. petitions and grassroots advocacy leading to laws banning almost all handgun use in the u.k., once again the father. >> they asked me my views on anything like that. the boys were six or seven, he had a gun. >> reporter: other things we heard, recommit yourself to family, to religion and get back into a routine as soon as possible. their advocacy led to changes in school safety as well and child supervision. we also heard from the father, bill you never, never forget the tragedy and in the words of that father, she never leaves my head. back to you. bill: thank you, greg. greg palkot looking back as we look forward. martha: on that note we are waiting to hear now from president obama on a new effort to come up with legislation in the wake of the newtown massacre. so what is on th
even one tiny iota of the courage those teachers, that principal in newtown summoned on friday, if cooperation and common-sense prevail, then i'm convinced we can make a sensible, intelligent way to make the united states of america a safer and stronger place for our children to learn and to grow. thank you, and now i'm going to let the vice president go and i'm going to take a few questions. and i will start with ben. >> thank you mr. president. i'd like to ask you about the other serious issue consuming this town right now the fiscal cliff. >> right. >> haven't you pre trade some of the voters who supported you in the election by changing your positions on who should get a tax increase and by including social security benefits now into this mix, and more broadly there seems to be a deepening sense that negotiations aren't going very well right now. can you give us a candid update, are we likely to go over the cliff? >> well, first of all, there is no reason why we should. remember what i said during the campaign, i thought that it was important for us to reduce our deficit in
details about the father of the newtown gunman. the last time the two had any communication. >>> and five years after losing his daughter in the virginia tech tragedy. >>> we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." three state department officials have resigned their posts in the wake of a skating report on the atacks in benghazi that led three americans dead. the report cites systematic failures which resulted in a security plan in the words of the report, grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place. despite the criticism, it says that no employee was involved in misconduct and none should be disciplined. arwa damon, you were one of the first reporters to get to the scene of benghazi. you've now gone through this report. did anything jump out at you? did anything really surprise you, based on your own auto r eyewitness reporting from the scene? >> reporter: what the report really did was validate information that we were able to obtain from witnessless at the scene, from the local guards that
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